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|Member of the New Mexico Senate|
from the 29th district
|Succeeded by||Greg Baca|
August 3, 1950|
Belen, New Mexico, U.S.
University of New Mexico,|
Michael S. Sanchez (born August 3, 1950) was a Democratic member of the New Mexico Senate, representing the 29th District (Valencia and Bernalillo Counties) from 1993 to 2016. He was defeated by Republican Gregory A. 'Greg' Baca for re-election in 2016.
Early life and education
Michael Sanchez was born in Belen, New Mexico to Gil and Priscilla Sanchez. He is the youngest of 4 children, one of which (Raymond Sanchez) also served in the New Mexico Legislature. Sanchez attended Belen High School and moved to Clarinda, Iowa to attend Iowa Western Community College (IWCC) where he played baseball and basketball. Sanchez not only played college baseball, he also played for the Clarinda A's, a summer amateur baseball team. Sanchez finished school at The University of New Mexico. Following graduation, Sanchez attended the University of New Mexico School of Law where he received his JD.
Since passing the bar, Sanchez has been practicing law in the State of New Mexico.
Before serving as a State Senator, Sanchez served as the county chairman of the Democratic Party in Valencia County. Sanchez was first elected to the State Senate in 1992, and made the Legislative Lottery Scholarship Program one of his main priorities. The Lottery Scholarship was enacted in 1996 and Sanchez has fought to keep the integrity of the Lottery Scholarship ever since.
Sanchez was the Majority Leader of the New Mexico State Senate.
Sanchez married Lynn (Trembly) Sanchez in 1969. They have two sons and a daughter.
- Michael S. Sanchez – (D) at New Mexico Legislature
- Michael Sanchez – Biography at Project Vote Smart
- Follow the Money – Michael S Sanchez
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